Matthew Parker's Decoder #2014-03

Are you out-of-step with March's footprint code? Here it is again:

step-step-pivot-step code

How It Works

Before video existed, this is one way that people learned how to dance. The full sequence of steps could be repeated over and over until the music finished. You can still find these charts for some ballroom dances.

To crack this code, all you have to do is read the letter in the left shoes (L-O-V-E).


Marching bands have been around for thousands of years. Traveling musicians often went from town to town, playing music at festivals or celebrations. Small bands also led armies into battle. God even used a makeshift marching band—Israelites with horns—to bring down the walls of Jericho.

More recently, marching bands have played in parades and football games. Just over 100 years ago, the Purdue University marching band created the first creative drill formation when they formed a “P” shape on the football field. The band director was inspired by watching geese fly in a “V” formation. Today, marching bands play complex songs and march in difficult patterns. There is even a marching "major league," where the best bands in the nation compete against each other.

The longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place in Boston, Massachusetts. It first started in 1737!

Look for a new decoder in the next issue of Clubhouse magazine.

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